How Gameplay Lowered my Cancer Levels
Since 2006 I have been living with Multiple Myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Although my various cancer treatments and side effects have presented mental and physical challenges I have tried to maintain a positive attitude towards life. In Spring 2012 I was presented with the opportunity to be a SuperBetter all-star, an online social game co-created by alternate reality game designer Jane McGonigal. SuperBetter focuses on building personal resilience when faced with personal challenges. My SuperBetter goal was to take a creative self-portrait each day until Sept 1st 2012 to help maintain my cancer levels. Day 89 during my quarterly Cancer Specialist appointment I found out my cancer levels had actually dropped. As I'm not currently on cancer drugs, he was surprised - but I knew the reason - SuperBetter. This talk will explain why I attribute gameplay to lowering my cancer levels and how I use photography as a form of gameplay to remain passionate about life.
Additional Supporting Materials
- Why is it like to live with cancer?
- What was it like to be a SuperBetter all-star?
- Why do you attribute SuperBetter to lowering your cancer levels?
- What role does photography play in how you cope with cancer?
- What is the role of gameplay in helping you deal with cancer?
- Phillip Jeffrey, PhD Student, University of British Columbia
Phillip Jeffrey, PhD Student, University of British Columbia
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